MONTREAL — Quarterly and annual increases in sales and earnings validated Metro Inc.'s ongoing adoption of “customer centric” strategies, officials of the retailer here said last week. Net earnings improved 8.7% to $91 million (U.S.) for the fourth quarter and 10.4% to $383 million for the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 25. Quarterly sales of $2.5 billion (U.S.) improved 1.1% from the same period a year ago, while comparable-store sales improved 0.5%. Annual sales of $11 billion increased ...

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